On This Day - 16 May 1917
Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland. Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts. Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles. Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc. Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc. Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters. Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)
Enemy attacks on Gavrelle, north of River Scarpe, fail with heavy losses.
British hold on "Siegfried" line, north-east of Bullecourt, extended.
French make appreciable advance east of Craonne.
End of Battle of Arras.
Italians take 4,021 prisoners in last two days' advance in Carso and on Vodice.
Austrians claim 2,000 prisoners in the Carso.
Naval and Overseas Operations
French S.S. "Sontay" torpedoed in Mediterranean, 45 lost.
General Van Deventer succeeds General Hoskins in East Africa.
Russian Coalition Cabinet, M. Kerenski, War and Marine; M. Tereshchenko Foreign Minister vice M. Miliukov.
Mr. Lloyd George proposes Home Rule at once and suggests Convention.
German Chancellor indicates lines of peace with Russia.